Jeremiah Joshua Connelly is about to retire from his academic position at the University of British Columbia. He anticipates a small, ordinary affair of conventional speeches, farewell dinners, and the usual parting gifts and well wishes. Instead, his past visits him in unexpected ways. He not only confronts people from the mists of a distant era he thought long lost but accepts some truths about himself. Over the next week, Josh Connelly comes to terms with who he really is, with a past he tried to escape, and with the people he had run away from for so long.